Wednesday was the most jam-packed day yet. We started with floating. We were told that floating was a chance for the students to be a part of the community, and they certainly were.
For the majority of the morning we paraded round Agona behind a massive truck, fitted with large speakers, with loud Ghanaian dance music and a speaker chanting throughout.
Next it was Bedomase Methodist Junior High, but as with seemingly everything on this trip, a surprise is always round the corner. This time, in the shape of a bush fire. Mr Abu
At Bedomase and had a meeting with the staff and met the children. We handed over football kits, footballs, a projector and stationery to the school. The ICT suite looked in great condition, almost all of the computers were fully functioning, as they were when the ICT suite was opened in 2012. The school has made this a sustainable and self financing enterprise over the last 6 years.
The children seemed thrilled to see us, we were swarmed the minute we walked outside, and it stayed that way for a good 20 minutes. One told Finley he was 25 years old and asked “where is your wife?”
On the other hand at lunch in our hotel the response of terror and horror from a small child at the site of white people was quite amazing!
After that, we visited Mampong scarp, a sandstone ridge above the Agona valley. The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation has a TV station and huge transmission tower there. We received a guided tour around the facility and even went into a live radio broadcast where all listeners would have been treated to the sounds of our phone cameras clicking and the station manager’s own camera clicking back!
Our final stop was Fast Track College. We were presented with huge plates of pineapple and bananas from the surrounding fields which are sweeter than any fruit you have ever tasted in the UK. Then we were forced to eat another meal under duress. This time it was yam, plantain and red fish (Tilapia). This was accompanied by a fish stew hot enough to melt tar. It was delicious as have been every meal. The food is incredible but just keeps on being served!
The entertainment put on by the Fast Track students was incredible. We were forced, one by one to get up and strut our stuff to a traditional Ashanti dance. This entertained the students no end. Then we saw an amazing debate about technology being a blessing or a sin. The students argued their viewpoints with passion and eloquence. We saw incredible dancers, rappers and then a drama performance of great power to highlight Ghana as a country where all tribes, religions and factions work together. An exhausting but amazing day. More to come tomorrow........!
Mr Macdonald, Mrs Hoque, Kamil, Dan and Finley
Hello from Ashanti!
We have travelled for two days and finally reached our link Schools this afternoon. We flew to Accra from Heathrow over some amazing scenes over the Sahara (quite a change from the snow we left in).
We raced through the streets of Accra last night and stayed in a hotel with a mobile phone mast on the roof. The reception was quite good. We all took the VIP bus to Kumasi and saw the capital city chaos turn into tropical countryside. We were brought to our country hotel and then visited the chiefs of the village to announce our visit and ask permission for our work here.
We then saw the Fast Track College. The boarding students have a student week this week and had a sound
system up and running which was very loud and heavy on the bass. We wondered if you would like to discuss the school rules and sanctions with your classes? Should Longdean adopt such measures?
The chiefs and both schools are very excited to see us all on your behalf. Longdean School is a very important place in these parts of Ghana. We will send a few more photos now and another update tomorrow!
Mr Macdonald, Mrs Hoque, Kamil Dan and Finley